Cousins

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The story of eleven-year-old Cammy, who must come to grips with the sudden death of her cousin and rival, Patty Ann. "Another wise, beautifully written book from this well-established master."--Kirkus

Being cousins doesn't mean you'll be friends....

Cammy loves her family -- except for her cousin Patty Ann. Though she knows she shouldn't feel this way, she can't help it. Patty Ann is too perfect to like, too ...

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Overview

The story of eleven-year-old Cammy, who must come to grips with the sudden death of her cousin and rival, Patty Ann. "Another wise, beautifully written book from this well-established master."--Kirkus

Being cousins doesn't mean you'll be friends....

Cammy loves her family -- except for her cousin Patty Ann. Though she knows she shouldn't feel this way, she can't help it. Patty Ann is too perfect to like, too perfect to be a friend.

Then one day something terrible happens, something that can't be changed. That's when Cammy learns the truth about Patty Ann, and about family love -- and forgiveness.

Concerned that her grandmother may die, Cammy is unprepared for the accidental death of another relative.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A tragedy forces Cammy to confront ambivalent feelings about two very different cousins; PW noted that this ``elegant, stirring tapestry of family life . . . features strong characterizations and incisive writing.'' Ages 9-13. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Cammy feels things strongly, whether it's the immeasurable love she has for her Gram Tut, or the jealousy and anger she feels for her perfect, sometimes patronizing cousin Patty Ann. But while those intense emotions make her a strong-willed, feisty girl, they also cause her a great deal of pain when Patty Ann drowns saving another cousin. Only through the wisdom and love of Gram and the return of her estranged father is Cammy able to work her way through the guilt and grief and learn how to accept the reality that someday, too, her beloved Gram will die. Hamilton allows readers to experience the wide-ranging and sometimes lightning-quick changes of emotion of an adolescent girl through a partially stream-of-consciousness style and, at times, abrupt, staccato thoughts. The third-person narrative focuses on Cammy, and through her eyes readers see the effects of her relationships with various family members. While the drowning scene takes on a surrealistic, slow-motion quality that may haunt readers as much as it does Cammy, this is not a story that depends on action to advance the plot. A scene that involves Patty Ann's brother, while revealing some information about her home life and Cammy's feeling for her own brother, does not seem as essential to the story, and there are times when some of Cammy's observations are extraneous. Still, it is Cammy's introspection, doubts, and sensitivity, as well as Hamilton's skill in vividly describing both the physical and the intangible aspects of life, that form the core of this thoughtful story. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590454360
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Cousins Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Hamilton
Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002) changed children's literature for generations of readers, winning every major award in her field across the globe. Her awards and honors include the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, a MacArthur Fellowship, and four honorary doctorates. Virginia was married to Arnold Adoff, and they have two children and one grandchild.

Biography

A writer of prodigious gifts, Virginia Hamilton forged a new kind of juvenile fiction by twining African-American and Native American history and folklore with contemporary stories and plotlines.

With Hamilton's first novel, Zeely, the story of a young farm girl who fantasizes that a woman she knows is a Watusi queen, she set the bar high. The book won a American Library Association Notable Children's Book citation. Hamilton rose to her own challenge, and every new book she published enriched American literature to such a degree that in 1995 she was awarded the ALA's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime achievement.

Born in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and raised in an extended family of farmers and storytellers (her own father was a musician), Hamilton's work was inspired by her childhood experiences, family mythology, and Ohio River Valley homeland. In an article about the importance of libraries in children's lives, she credits her mother and the "story lady" at her childhood public library with opening her mind to the world of books.

Although she spent time in New York City working as a bookkeeper after college, and traveled widely in Africa and Europe, Hamilton spent most of her life in Yellow Springs, anchored by the language, geography, and culture of southern Ohio. In The House of Dies Drear, she arranged her story around the secrets of the Underground Railroad. In M. C. Higgins, the Great, winner of both a John Newbery Medal and a National Book Award, she chronicled the struggles of a family whose land, and life spirit, is threatened by strip mining. Publishers Weekly called the novel "one of those rare books which draws the reader in with the first paragraph and keeps him or her turning the page until the end."

In her series of folk-tale collections, including The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World, and Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales, Hamilton salvaged and burnished folk tales from cultures across the world for her stories; stories that suffused her fiction with its extraordinary blend of worldly and otherworldly events, enchantment, and modern reality. Virginia Hamilton died on February 19, 2002.

Good To Know

Hamilton's first research trip to a library was to find out more about her family's exotic chickens, which her mother called "rainbow layers," because of the many tints of the eggs they laid.

In 1995, Hamilton became the first children's writer to win a John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur "genius" grant.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      March 12, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yellow Springs, Ohio
    1. Date of Death:
      February 19, 2002
    2. Place of Death:
      Yellow Springs, Ohio
    1. Education:
      Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    Kesha Precious-one

    TO ME THE BOOK WAS VERY GOOD. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO LAUGH AND ALSO LEARN ABOUT FAMILY MORALS,TOGEATHERNESS,AND RESPECT.NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF BUT EVERONE. ALSO IT HAS GOOD INSIGHT ON HAW TO DEAL WITH CERTAIN ISSUES.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    this book is the best book made in virginia collection,

    shes really done it again

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    A Life Lesson to talk about

    This book is very, VERY touching to the heart and mind. It's basically a life lesson to read/talk about. Virginia did an awesome job writing this book. 5/5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Wonderful

    This book helps to pull families together in the time of need. This also shows you that there is no time like the present.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Kind of weird

    Overall, I think this book was pretty good. However, when Cammy started halucinateing, it kind of disturbed me! O_o

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Gtg

    Dinner time, sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Dan- Wii Number

    0560 6891 0293 7857.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Hi

    The book made me confused

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    UMMMMM

    I read this book in a Mother Daughter Book club. I was shocked by the book. I guess it kinda freaked me out,too many horrible things happend to this poor family. I myself would'nt recomend this book, it made me sad.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    Mysterious Twist

    This review is mainly about a family who was about to face a tragic situation, had news that was going to be found out that had a related twist to it.

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